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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Monday, 23 August 2010

New website - finally there!

No, that's not a website, that's a seaglass, lampwork bead and sterling silver necklace using the first of my lampwork beads. I've listed in my Etsy shop. I haven't a picture of the front of my new website!

So, after all the computer problems, corrupted website files, research into a new programme that even I could understand, I've spent ages working on the new, improved version. In time it will have a shop as well, the programme allows this but for now I need to get on and do some actual work - I have galleries asking me when I will be delivering to them! Oops. Painting and sewing of velvet scarves starts in ernest this week, devore scarves will be in the next week or so.

So, the website? With a little coaxing and coaching from the great forum members on Serif Webplus forums I've got as far as I can for the minute. I think I need to sort Google analytics out but I'll save that for a night when I feel I need a good read - of the manual.

Meanwhile, there's a totally new look, lots of new photos, some slide shows and, Mr B pretending he knows one end of a camera from another, photos of Yours Truly making lampwork beads. If you are an expert at this please don't laugh; I'm a beginner and having fun. For anyone who might like to come and see me at a fair, there are links to Google maps from the craft fairs page. Links to my shops are now in drop down menus from the 'home' tab, and there are lots more pages tucked into the various sections.

So, have a look, tell me what you think, what works for you, what doesn't. Mr B has tested all the links for me so I am reasonably confident that everything works and links to the right place.

Having ditched Dreamweaver, far too complicated for me to grasp with my minimal knowledge of HTML, the Serif Webplus X4 programme has been really easy to use. If I can do it, anyone can although a vague idea about DTP came in handy.


And the necklaces? Well, some have made it to my Big Cartel shop, one is on Etsy, a few more will be listed in the next day or so when I recover from the stress of watching my new website uploading, holding my breath in case it fell over at the last minute. I've also made one bracelet, which I'll list somewhere, perhaps on my new site if I can summon up the courage to do the e-commerce bit. I've a new friend from Frit Happens (fun name, fun place) who is kindly firing some of my beads for me until I can afford a kiln (thank you George, if you read this) and have sent some more off for firing, hopefully lots more beads to be playing with; lots more sea glass and lampwork bead necklaces.